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Nothing more than a distraction, a little scrap of ordinariness for you to impress, to dazzle with your cleverness. You’ll find another.

This was so painful to watch, because I got the sense that John really did believe Mycroft’s every word. If you assume that this was all happening in John’s head, you realize that this is how he sees himself, this is what he’s afraid of, and it gets even more heartbreaking.